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Experts, Sweet Briar make cameos in novel

Experts, Sweet Briar make cameos in novel

| November 20, 2012

As author Barbara Kingsolver promotes her latest best-seller in interviews around the country, she mentions the help she received from Sweet Briar research professor of biology Lincoln Brower and his wife, Duberg Professor of Ecology Linda Fink.

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Y:1 students get high-tech exposure

Y:1 students get high-tech exposure

| November 16, 2012

Students in Janet Stevens’ “Economic Botany” class use iPads and high-tech photographic technology to study plant communities on Sweet Briar’s campus.

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Sweet Briar alumna studies chocolate

Sweet Briar alumna studies chocolate

| September 27, 2012

Alexandra Gold DiFeleceantonio ’08 is the lead author behind a recent study that explains why we can’t stop eating chocolate — among other things. The study, undertaken by scientists from the University of Michigan, was published in the journal Current Biology and is featured in an article in the Smithsonian’s online magazine and at scientificamerican.com.

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Biologist Argues Fishery is Risky Business

Biologist Argues Fishery is Risky Business

| April 24, 2012

  Soon, cownose rays will be arriving at their summer breeding ground in the Chesapeake Bay. They swarm into the Bay, by some estimates in the millions, setting up an inevitable clash between man and fish that seems to escalate with each migration. The rays — big mollusk-eating predators — are blamed for harming commercial [...]

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2012 Presidential Medalist is Crazy Like a Vixen

2012 Presidential Medalist is Crazy Like a Vixen

| March 23, 2012

Once a year, Sweet Briar bestows upon a senior its highest honor, the Presidential Medal. Alexandra St. Pierre accepted this year’s medal from President Jo Ellen Parker on Wednesday, March 21, during the Academic Recognition Dinner. The annual event also celebrates first-year honors and dean’s list students. Speculation is typically rampant as the ritual ceremony [...]

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SBC’s ‘Shark Man’ to Speak on State of the Oceans

SBC’s ‘Shark Man’ to Speak on State of the Oceans

| January 30, 2012

Sweet Briar biology professor John Morrissey will kick off the Great Decisions Lecture Series 2012 with his presentation “State of the Oceans” at 3 p.m. this Thursday, Feb. 2 in the Lynchburg Public Library Community Room, 2315 Memorial Ave. Great Decisions is a national, civic education program that encourages participants to learn about U.S. foreign [...]

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For Wildlife Specialist, Summer’s Dog Days are Good Times

For Wildlife Specialist, Summer’s Dog Days are Good Times

| January 17, 2012

Kimberly Leach Burge says Sweet Briar stoked her love for “all things reptiles and amphibians,” but lately she’s developed a fondness for Boykin spaniels, too. The 2000 biology graduate is a wildlife education specialist for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. The spaniels have become an important asset to her work with a statewide project [...]

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Rays’ Hope: Good Science Defends Maligned Predator

Rays’ Hope: Good Science Defends Maligned Predator

| October 12, 2011

Maryanne Grey ’12 chooses lunch carefully on days that she is working on her senior independent study research. Sorting through the semi-digested contents of cownose ray stomachs and intestines is smelly work. “I try to eat something that if I was to get sick, I wouldn’t mind it coming back up,” she says. Once past [...]

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Internship is a Real Zoo

Internship is a Real Zoo

| June 17, 2011

Biology major Kendall Harris’ interest in veterinary medicine led her all the way to California this summer, where she is working in the Oakland Zoo’s 12-week Zookeeper Intern Program. Harris, a rising junior, is chronicling some of her activities on her blog, A Day at the Zoo. She has been assigned to care for a [...]

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Biologist Pioneers Use of CREATE’s ‘Time Machine’

Biologist Pioneers Use of CREATE’s ‘Time Machine’

| May 3, 2011

Sweet Briar College’s Janet Steven is enjoying the perks of being a Fine Fellow. First, the fellowship came with equipment and training on the GigaPan system, a pioneering tool that has been making headlines in the scientific community. It combines a robotic camera mount and software that stitches together thousands of photographs taken with an [...]

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